The Beginner’s Guide to Origami

Origami is actually a very easy hobby to pick up and it’s a lot of fun. All you need is paper and you can use pretty much any paper you can find. This guide will show you the main folds, the basic bases that are used as the foundation for a huge number of different models.

 Mountain and Valley Folds :

These are the two basic folds in origami. Pretty much every fold is either a mountain fold, a valley fold or a combination of the two.

With a Mountain Fold the crease bends the paper down and the crease resembles a mountain.
With a Valley Fold the crease bends the paper up and the crease resembles a valley.

Common Origami Folds

Here are the most common folds with step by step instructions how to make them. These folds might not look exactly the same as they do in these examples all the time when you’re folding other models.

Types of common folds are :-

  • INSIDE REVERSE FOLD
  • OUTSIDE REVERSE FOLD
  • RABBIT EAR FOLD
  • SQUASH FOLD
  • PLEAT
  • CRIMP
  • PETAL FOLD
  • PETAL FOLD VARIATION
  • SWIVEL FOLD
  • OPEN SINK

Origami Bases

There are several bases in origami that are used to start many different models. Often times you’ll see instructions telling you to start with a particular base just to save some time or space in the instructions. There aren’t too many bases and you’ll see the same ones repeated a lot of times in different models.

Types of origami bases :-

  • KITE BASE
  • SQUARE OR PRELIMINARY BASE
  • WATER BOMB BASE
  • BIRD BASE
  • FISH BASE
  • FROG BASE

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